Duolingo soon to offer lessons in fictional language from 'Game of Thrones'

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 12, 2017

Trailers for season 7, as well as the blurbs for its first episodes [VIDEO], have supporters of the various in-universe character factions on tenterhooks. Meanwhile, more dedicated and geeky fans of "ASOIAF/GOT" might be able to appreciate a new option being offered by language translating app #Duolingo.

He said that some fans of the Game of Thrones are so avid and affectionate that they have already learned the fictional language without consulting Duolingo.

The popular language learning application, Duolingo, will soon offer Valyrian lessons, the same language spoken by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.


Are you interested in learning High Valyrian?

Unlike English, High Valyrian uses an aorist tense, similar to Ancient Greek and Sanskrit. You spent hours gabbing with a "Game of Thrones" chatbot. Peterson's work on the fictional tongue has been in Duolingo's "Incubator" for eight months, but the work is nearly done in its lesson curriculum.

David J. Peterson, the linguist who created the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for the TV series, worked on the Duolingo course, so you can be assured any dragon-training commands you learn will be effective.

Peterson created the language mostly from scratch, constructing the grammar around the two key phrases used in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books: "Valar Morghulis" ("All men must die") and "Valar Dohaeris" ("All men must serve").

The language, which has been in Duolingo's "Incubator" for the last several months, now has a completion date of July 16th. In addition, Peterson had also crafted the show's version of Dothraki, and Ghiscari Low Valyrian, used in incidental conversation by characters in the setting of the Essos continent.

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